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I’m reading a book now called A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. I’ve only finished some 3 chapters but so far it has been fascinating and I look forward to finishing it this weekend. It’s like the rough guide to the universe.

So far, he has touched on things like what the “big bang” theorists say and postulates how big the universe actually may be all in layman’s terms. He has a knack of putting things in context.

Just one example on the part where is talking about “how to build a universe” by starting with something tiny as in the theory of an inflationary universe.

“protons are so small that a little dib of ink like the dot on this I can hold something in the region of 500,000,000,000 of them, or rather more than the number of seconds it takes to make half a million years. So protons are exceedingly microscopic to say the very least. How imagine if you can (and of course you can’t) shrinking one of those protons down to a billionth of its normal size into a space so small that it would make a proton look enormous. Now pack into that tiny, tiny space about an ounce of matter. Excellent. You are ready to start a universe”.

By the same style of writing, he goes on to explain the universe, solar system, etc. It’s all very fascinating.

I remember nights, especially on holidays where I would look up and see what seemed like thousands of stars in the sky and wonder how large the universe actually is and after a time my brain would jam because firstly I couldn’t fathom how large the universe could be and even if I could, what’s beyond? The possibilities that the universe afforded was limitless. If we had a million stars in our galaxy and there a million galaxy, how far away is another “earth”. Is there another earth? Why aren’t we just crashing into each other. Who designed our earth so we are so well and delicately balanced by the gravitational fields of the sun and the planets around us? Is there life forms out there? What kind? Are we more advanced, less? If I could put my hand beyond the universe, what was there? Another universe? Nothingness? But isn’t nothingness really something because it’s the presence of nothing? How was all this created? So my brain would jam.

I also guess, that is why I started exploring, many years ago the notion of a “creative” God.

In Genesis 1.1, the first sentence of the Bible it says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. I can deal with this.

I can’t believe pure physics can explain all this.

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